3603776: Research methods

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Semester:WS 13/14
Scheduled in semester:1
Semester Hours per Week / Contact Hours:56.6 L / 42.5 h
Self-directed study time:107.5 h

Module coordination/Lecturers


Master's degree programme in IT and Business Process Management (01.10.2008)


The module provides an introduction to research methods.


  • Introduction to research
  • Literature reviews
  • Qualitative research
  • Quantitative research
  • Design research
  • Literacy skills


    • describe the historical development of research
    • explain the concept of research
    • explain the role of theory in research
    • understand qualitative, quantitative, and design-oriented research approaches
    • develop the structure of an academic paper
    • write an academic paper
    • conduct a literature review
    • apply qualitative, quantitative, and design-oriented research methods

Lectures Method

The module integrates theoretical knowledge and practical skills with the following components:

-Lecture with interactive elements
-Students write and present a seminar paper

The e-learning platform Moodle will be used throughout the course for the dissemination of course material and discussions.


The students will be provided with the lecture slides and supporting materials throughout the course.


Recker, J. (2012). Scientific Research in Information Systems: A Beginner’s Guide. Springer, Heidelberg, Germany.

Further readings:

Bryman, Allan; Bell, Emma (2011) Business research methods, Oxford University Press.

Creswell, J. W. (2003). Research Design. Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches. Thousand Oaks, London, New Delhi, Sage Publications.

Miles, M. B. and A. M. Huberman (1994). Qualitative Data Analysis. An Expanded Sourcebook. Thousand Oaks, London, New Delhi, Sage.

Oates, B. J. (2006). Researching Information Systems and Computing. London, Sage.


  • PWW-MA_Research Methods (WS 13/14, bewertet)